We shall resume kidnapping, killings after COVID-19

A suspect, Mustapha Mohammed, 26, has revealed that the incessant kidnappings and killings along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway and other routes in northern parts of Nigeria have stopped because he and his other partners in crime were afraid of contracting COVID-19. Mohammed disclosed that as soon as the COVID-19 was checked or eradicated, kidnapping and other heinous crimes will resume along the routes. These routes have witnessed several kidnappings and killings. Aside from civilians being kidnapped and some killed, a staggering number of law enforcement officers had also been killed along these…

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Police in Edo arrest couple over alleged baby theft

The Police Command in Edo on Friday announced that it had arrested a couple in Benin in connection with the alleged theft and sale of a two-month-old baby. DSP Chidi Nwabuzor, the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), said at a media briefing that the couple, aged 35 and 25 years respectively, was arrested on Monday, after they sold the baby for N300,000. He explained that during investigation, the couple confessed that an Italy-based lady linked them up with buyer. According to him, the buyer, whose name was not provided, has…

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No respite in FG-ASUU face-off

ASUU: BVN as pre-condition for payment is unacceptable     Govt:  VCs to revalidate lecturers’ BVN      DISAGREEMENT Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is on warpath with the Federal Government over the use of BVN as pre-condition for the payment of the lecturers’ withheld February and March salaries     A gain, there is yet to be any respite in the crisis rocking the nation’s university system.     The university lecturers, under their umbrella body, the Academic Staff union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government are…

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WASSCE results: 10 years of woeful performance

POOR PERFORMANCE Analysis of students’ performance in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) is that of pity and which calls for concern of all stakeholders     Stakeholders: Poor budget, malpractices, causes of failure     The review of a 10-year-period of the results of Nigeria’s candidates in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) for school candidates, and specifically between 2009 and 2018, has revealed a worrisome trend of below average performance by the country’s students in the external examination. The development, which has been widely…

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Adamu: We want to make finance accessible to farmers

Kabir Mohammed Adamu Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer The Bank of Agriculture BOA

The Bank of Agriculture (BOA) flagged off the 2018 national farming season in Kano last Tuesday. In this chat with journalists, the bank’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kabir Mohammed Adamu, speaks on the significance of the event and sheds light on some of BOA’s key initiatives. Tony Chukwunyem, reports.     Why did you choose Kano as the state to host the flag off of the national farming season? The choice of Kano is not accidental. Kano is one of the major agricultural states in Nigeria. They have the highest…

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2018 admission: Stakeholders appraise policy, mull review

ADMISSION POLICY As part of moves to make admission processes into Nigerian higher institutions more flexible and hitch-free, critical stakeholders, last week, met to fine-tune the processes   JAMB introduces IBASS ahead 2019 admission     Major stakeholders in the nation’s education sector, last Tuesday, gathered in Gbongan in Osun State, to appraise the admission policy and made some verdicts that will further reposition the system for optimal performance. The meeting was held ahead of this year’s admission of candidates into the country’s 662 higher education institutions including the universities,…

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Sex-for-marks: Students need re-orientation, confidence – Dons

  More reactions have continued to trail the sack of Prof. Richard Akindele, who two weeks ago, was indicted by the authorities of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) over the allegation of sexual abuse of a female students levelled against him. Many stakeholders, who hailed the action of the university authorities for dismissing the randy lecturer, however, condemned the rising cases of sex-for-marks in Nigerian higher institutions of learning and called for more concerted efforts on the part on the management of higher institutions in the country to rid the…

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2019: New PDP splits, faction debunks marginalisation claims

Baraje, others plotting to destroy APC-Adamu A major crack has emerged within the ranks of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as some members of the group, yesterday, dissociated themselves from the petition written to the leadership of the ruling party and President Muhammadu Buhari. A former Governor of Nasarawa State and Chairman, Senate Committee on Agriculture, Abdullahi Adamu, yesterday alleged that some members of the nPDP were plotting to destroy the APC before defecting to another party. Abdullahi, who made the allegation…

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2030: Committee harps on adequate funding to achieve SDG 4

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education globally, and especially the developing nations, the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee has recommended adequate fund of education as a public good by various governments.   This is as the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) had reported that one in five children globally does not attend school, and that little progress was being made in improving school attendance over the past five years. The 38-member Steering Committee was constituted in 2016 as the coordination mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda.  …

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59 senators are against the re-ordering of elections –Adamu

Senator Abdullahi Adamu is the leader of the pro-Buhari group of senators opposed to the reordering of the 2019 election time-table. He spoke with ONWUKA NZESHI on the matter. Excerpts…   Why did you and your colleagues stage a walk out from the chamber during the debate on the re-ordering of the 2019 election timetable? We are part of a whole of senators that feel very strongly that the process by which the so-called Conference Report was laid and considered was a deliberate rush. I had opportunity to speak and…

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